Havarti was created in the 1800’s on a Danish farm from which it took its name. Havarti with dill has a light yellow paste sprinkled with the small green bits of herbs that add an herbaceous quality to the creamy cheese. The Havarti has a mild and butter like flavor when it is young, but as this cheese ages, it becomes saltier and begins to take on the flavor of hazelnuts.
Havarti melts well and softens just from being left in room temperature. It’s a wonderful cheese to be used in pressed sandwiches in creamy soups and sauces. As an appetizer, try using cubes of havarti as a stuffing for small rolls or pits of puff pastry dough. On its own, or as part of a cheese platter, havarti pairs well with figs, pears and walnuts. If you are looking for a wine pairing, opt for a lighter wine of either color, something without a strong oak taste.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.